Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wait of the World Getting to Cbc's Michler

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wait of the World Getting to Cbc's Michler

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Terry Michler considers himself a patient man. But the wait for the Class 4A soccer final four is starting to get to him.

"Let's get this thing going," said Michler, whose CBC Cadets take on Springfield Kickapoo at 8 tonight in the semifinals at A-B Conference and Sports Centre. The tournament wraps up Saturday. "We've had a few days for the nagging injuries to heal and now we're ready to play."

Michler's impatience is understandable. After all, he's been waiting four years for this game. The Cadets, who have dominated area soccer during the regular season in recent years, have run into more than their share of tough luck in the postseason. Consider the last three seasons: * 1993: Top-ranked CBC enters a sectional match with Parkway South at 22-1-1 and loses in penalty kicks. DeSmet wins the state title. * 1994: Top-ranked CBC enters the district championship match against DeSmet at 25-1-2 and loses 2-1. Lindbergh wins the state title. * 1995: Top-ranked CBC enters the district championship match against DeSmet at 27-1-2 and loses 1-0. DeSmet goes on to win the state title. "It's frustrating, but that's what sports are all about; when you take the field, there are no guarantees, but that's what makes it a challenge," Michler said. "In any of those three years, with a break or two, we could've gone on to win the state title. By the same token, with a break or two, our games against DeSmet or St. Louis U. High could've gone the other way." The second-ranked Cadets (25-4-2) beat defending Class 4A champion DeSmet 1-0 in sectionals and then outlasted top-ranked SLUH 1-0 in double overtime in the quarterfinals. "What's really disheartening for me is how quickly people are to write off your entire season once you're eliminated," Michler said. "Over the last four years, we've been 99-9-8 with 75 percent of those games coming against top-10 teams. But all anybody seems to remember are those three season-ending losses." The recent victory over DeSmet had some added significance; it was the 500th of Michler's 26-year career at CBC. He enters tonight's play at 501-139-52. …

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